A record month for Intermusica in China
Between 20 October and 20 November 2018 Intermusica has a record presence in China, with 31 events taking place over just 30 days. The period sees visits from the Orchestre National de France and Music Director Emmanuel Krivine and the BBC Concert Orchestra, both organized by Intermusica's International Touring department, as well as concert appearances from soloists James Ehnes, Ning Feng, George Li, Leonidas Kavakos and Noah Bendix-Balgley. Intermusica artists and projects visit cities all over the country, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guagzhou and Nanjing. See a full list of concerts below.
Orchestre National de France and Emmanuel Krivine
Chongqing, Nanning, Beijing, Zhuhai, Nanjing and Shanghai
BBC Concert Orchestra
Shenyang, Qingdao, Taiyuan, Hefei, Shanghai and Nanjing
Recital at Shanghai Concert Hall (20 October)
Performances in Wuhan (27 October), Shanghai (31 October) and Beijing (3 November) with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin as well as recitals in Shanghai (28 October) and Guangzhou (20 November)
Performances with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra (2 November), Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra (4 November) and Kunming Symphony Orchestra (9 November)
Concert with the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra on 18 November
Concerts with the Guangzhou Symphony (9 November), Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra (11 November), China Philharmonic (16 November) and Shanghai Symphony (18 November), as well as recitals with Enrico Pace in Xi'an (13 November) and Nanjing (14 November).
Recital at Shanghai Concert Hall (19 November)
Noah Bendix-Balgley & the Principals of the Berlin Philharmonic perform at the Edinburgh International Festival
Noah Bendix-Balgley joins pianist Christian Blackshaw and his fellow string principals of the Berlin Philharmonic for two concerts this week, at the Snape Proms on 16 August and the Edinburgh International Festival on 18 August.
In Snape, Bendix-Balgley opens the concert performing Mozart Piano Quartet No.1 and No.2 alongside Blackshaw and violist Máté Szucs and cellist Martin Löhr, after which they are joined by Matthew McDonald on double bass for Schubert's Trout Quintet. In Edinburgh, Mozart Piano Quartet No.2 is replaced by Schubert Piano Sonata in A minor.
Bendix-Balgley finishes the month with the all-star ensemble Philharmonix, with whom he performs at the Sion Festival.
James Ehnes' Seattle Chamber Music Festival opens with Benjamin Beilman, Noah Bendix-Balgley & George Li
James Ehnes' Seattle Chamber Music Festival opens on 2 July 2018 with Ehnes himself, Benjamin Beilman, Noah Bendix-Balgley and George Li appearing throughout the festival.
Ehnes makes his first appearance at the festival on 9 July performing works by Dvorák and Brahms, and throughout the festival performs pieces by Chausson, Enescu and Elgar as well as the world premiere of James Newton Howard They have just arrived at this level on 16 July. He brings the festival to a close on 27 July with a performance of Bach The Musical Offering.
Beilman opens the festival playing Busoni with Alessio Bax and over the festival performs works by Mozart, Schumann, Brahms.
Li performs in four concerts during the festival. On 2 July he performs Stravinsky Suite italienne with Andrew Wan, and his other performances include a solo recital of Haydn and Chopin and Schumann Piano Quintet with Beilman on 5 July and Schumann Romances for Oboe and Piano with Mary Lynch the following day.
Bendix-Balgley arrives at the festival on 16 July to perform Brahms Sonata for Violin and Piano with Max Levison. During the festival he also performs works by Korngold, an evening of Russian-Jewish folk music and finally Franck Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor on 23 July.
Noah Bendix-Balgley makes concerto debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker
Noah Bendix-Balgley, First Concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker, makes his concerto debut with the orchestra on 19 January 2018. Performing under the baton of Mikko Franck, Bendix-Balgley performs Mozart Violin Concerto No.5 and Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso at the Berlin Philharmonie. He repeats the Mozart on 21 January.
The following week he performs klezmer-themed chamber music recitals at the Beethoven Haus Bonn and the New Forum of Music in Wrocław joined by Tabea Zimmermann (viola), Stephan Koncz (cello) and Ohad Ben-Ari (piano). Bendix-Balgley is deeply rooted in the klezmer tradition, beginning from a young age when he learned traditional klezmer violin from heavyweights like Michael Alpert and Alan Bern of Brave Old World and Alicia Svigals of The Klezmatics. In 2016 he gave the world premiere of his own violin concerto, Fidl-Fantazye: A Klezmer Concerto, with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Click here to watch Bendix-Balgley discuss the concerto.
Noah Bendix-Balgley makes his debut with the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne
Noah Bendix-Balgley makes his debut with the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne this month, performing Beethoven Violin Concerto in three concerts on 8, 14 and 15 December 2017.
Bendix-Balgley, the First Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, recently toured China with the orchestra. During the tour he was joined by pianist Fang Yuang for recital performances with a programme featuring pieces by Bach, Schubert, Brahms and Saint Saens. Bendix-Balgley and Fang visited the new Shandong Grand Theatre in Jinan on 12 November, Xi’an Concert Hall on 14 November and Jiangsu Grand Theatre in Nanging on 15 November.
Bendix-Balgley begins 2018 with the Berlin Philharmonic, performing as soloist in Mozart Violin Concerto No.5 under Mikko Franck. He then returns to the recital stage, performing first at the Beethovenhaus Bonn with Tabea Zimmermann, Stephan Koncz and Ohad Ben-Ari and the again with Ben-Ari in Wroclaw.
Noah Bendix-Balgley gives recitals in Taipei and Tongyeong
Noah Bendix-Bagley travels to Taiwan and South Korea this month for recitals with Ohad Ben-Ari and David Orlowsky from 4 September 2017.
Bendix-Balgley is joined by Ohad Ben-Ari for the concerts at Taipei International Concert Hall and Pingtung Performing Arts Centre on 4 and 8 September. The duo perform a programme of Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano, No.1, Prokofiev Violin Sonata No.2, J.S. Bach Violin Partita No.2. Ciaccona, Bloch Baal Shem and Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.
In Tongyeong on 10 September, they are joined by David Orlowsky for a recital of Khachaturian Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano, Poulenc Clarinet Sonata FP.184, Isang Yun Piri for Solo Clarinet and Bartók Contrasts, as well as traditional klezmer music to be announced for the stage.
Midori & Noah Bendix-Balgley teach and perform at Domaine Forget International Festival
Midori and Noah Bendix-Balgley travel to Canada this month for masterclasses and performances at Domaine Forget International Festival, which overlooks the St Lawrence River in Québec.
Bendix-Balgley begins a week of masterclasses on 16 July, teaching students at the Domaine Forget Academy. His week at the festival culminates in two performances. The first, a chamber recital on 21 July with David Gillham (violin), Miguel da Silva (viola), Jocelyne Bastien (viola), Johannes Moser (cello), Elizabeth Dolin (cello) and Philip Chiu (piano), features performances of Mendelssohn Piano Trio No.1 in D minor, Op.49 and Brahms String Sextet No.1 in B-flat major, Op.18. Bendix-Balgley then joins the McGill Chamber Orchestra on 23 July to perform Mozart Violin Concerto No.5 'Turkish' and Vivaldi The Four Seasons.
Midori arrives at Domaine Forget on 30 July for a week of masterclasses and private lessons. She ends her time at the festival with a performance of Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35 with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec on August 5 under the baton of Jacques Lacombe.
Noah Bendix-Balgley debuts with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra
Noah Bendix-Balgley travels to Japan this month to make his debut with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra in two concerts at the Aichi Arts Centre on 2 and 3 June 2017. Bendix-Balgley joins the orchestra and conductor Kentaro Kawase to perform Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.
Elsewhere this month, Bendix-Balgley also makes his China Philharmonic Orchestra debut at Beijing Concert Hall on 11 June. Bendix-Balgley performs his own composition, Fidl-Fantazye: A Klezmer Concerto, under the baton of Jing Huan.
Bendix-Balgley gave the world premiere of Fidl-Fantazye with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in June 2016, receiving critical acclaim:
“The acclaimed violinist soloed here in the world premiere of his own Fidl-Fantazye, an original and unusual concerto inspired by traditional Jewish klezmer music.”
Noah Bendix-Balgley makes period instrument debut with Apollo's Fire in Cleveland
Noah Bendix-Balgley makes his period instrument debut this month when he joins Cleveland baroque orchestra Apollo's Fire for four performances of Beethoven Violin Concerto around Ohio from 27 April 2017.
Performing under the direction of conductor and keyboardist Jeannette Sorrell, Bendix-Balgley and Apollo's Fire perform the concerto at Akron-Summit County Public Library, the Cleveland Museum of Art, First Baptist Church Cleveland and St Raphael Catholic Church in Bay Village.
Bendix-Balgley then heads to Maryland in May for performances with the Annapolis Symphony and conductor José-Luis Novo.
Noah Bendix-Balgley embarks on an Australasian tour
Noah Bendix-Balgley embarks on an Australia and New Zealand tour in August 2016, beginning on 5 August with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. He joins the orchestra for two concerts at Adelaide Town Hall, performing Brahms Violin Concerto in D major.
After this, he performs the Brahms concerto with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra on 13 August, before joining the Auckland Philharmonia for Mozart Violin concerto No.4.
Noah Bendix-Balgley gives world premiere of his Fidl-Fantazye with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck
Noah Bendix-Balgley joins the Pittsburgh Symphony and conductor Manfred Honeck to give the world premiere of his violin concerto, Fidl-Fantazye: A Klezmer Concerto, in a special concert on 17 June 2016.
The concerto is a nod to another side of his musical life which is deeply rooted in the klezmer tradition, beginning from a young age when he learned traditional klezmer violin from heavyweights like Michael Alpert and Alan Bern of Brave Old World and Alicia Svigals of The Klezmatics. The piece, orchestrated by Samuel Adler, is constructed in three movements, each a medley of different dances.
On 15 June Bendix-Balgley is joined by his father, the noted Yiddish and folk dance expert Erik Bendix, for a talk that explores the traditions of Yiddish music and dance.
Noah Bendix-Balgley leads Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on European tour with soloists Leonidas Kavakos & Daniil Trifonov
Noah Bendix-Balgley performs as concert master of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on a 14-concert European tour from 17 May to 5 June 2016. Music Director Manfred Honeck conducts the orchestra in concert in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. Across the tour the orchestra are joined by soloists including Daniil Trifonov, from 21 May to 3 June, and Leonidas Kavakos on 28 May at the Vienna Musikverein. Other soloists include Anne-Sophie Mutter and Martin Grubinger.
The tour program features Liszt Piano Concerto No.1, Beethoven Coriolan Overture, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2, Berg Violin Concerto, Dvorák Carnival Overture and Violin Concerto, Hartl Percussion Concerto and Haydn Symphony No. 93.
Noah Bendix-Balgley starts new season as Berliner Philharmoniker concert master
Noah Bendix-Balgley begins his second season as First Concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker on 28 August 2015 at the Berlin Philharmonie. With Sir Simon Rattle on the podium, the orchestra performs Shostakovich’s Symphony No.4, preceded by Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge for string orchestra.
Following the opening concert, the orchestra performs the same programme at the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg on the 30 August, and at the Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Lucerne on the 1 September as part of the orchestra’s traditional performances at Lucerne Festival. The orchestra’s second appearance in Lucerne, on the 2 September, features Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and orchestra, with Daishin Kashimoto and Amihai Grosz as soloists. The orchestra then heads to the Palace Grand Hall in Bucharest on the 3 September for its first ever concert in the city as part of the Enescu Festival, before ending the tour in Grafenegg on the 5 September. The progamme for both concerts features Shostakovich and Britten.
Noah Bendix-Balgley performs at festivals in USA and France
Noah Bendix-Balgley makes appearances at music festivals in the USA and France, both in concert and recital. On 31 July 2015, he is the soloist of Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with conductor Keith Lockhart and his Brevard Concert Orchestra, as part of Brevard Music Center’s summer festival.
On 22 August, Bendix-Balgley performs a chamber music programme at Ainay-le-Vieil castle, France, alongside Reiko Hozu (piano), Kyril Zlotnikov (cello), Matthew Hunter (viola) and Brian Lewis (violin).
Noah Bendix-Balgley joins Intermusica for worldwide management
Intermusica is delighted to announce the signing of violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley for worldwide management.
Bendix-Balgley is the newly appointed first Concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker and has wide experience as a soloist and chamber musician. He was a Laureate of the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Competition, and first prize winner at the 2011 Vibrarte International Competition in Paris and at the 14th International Violin Competition 'Andrea Postacchini' in Fermo, Italy. As a soloist, Noah has appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de Belgique, I Pommeriggi Musicali of Milan and more.
As a chamber musician, he has performed with artists including Emanuel Ax, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Gary Hoffman, Colin Currie and the Miro Quartet. He appears regularly at festivals in the US and Europe, including the Verbier Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland, the Nevada Chamber Music Festival and Chamber Music Connects the World in Kronberg. Committed to music education, Bendix-Balgley teaches masterclasses widely and has been on the faculty of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music. Since 2011, he has been the Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Bendix-Balgley is also active in performing traditional Jewish classical music and Klezmer music, performing with world-renowned klezmer groups such as Brave Old World and teaching klezmer violin at workshops in both Europe and the US. A klezmer violin concerto, composed by Bendix-Balgley himself, will be premiered in Spring 2016 with the Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by Manfred Honeck.